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Does your Ex have to pay maintenance if you weren’t married?

Does your Ex have to pay maintenance if you weren’t married?

Does your Ex have to pay maintenance if you weren’t married? The short answer in practice is – “No”.  However if you have children, you can make use of The Children’s Act to access additional funds through the courts solely for the benefit of the children. If you are lucky and your co-parent has a salaried job, then you are entitled to a % of his salary to help support the children.  If you are even luckier, he (or she if it’s dad who is the stay at home...

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Using Collaborative Law to create a Cohabitation Agreement

Using Collaborative Law to create a Cohabitation Agreement

Collaborative lawyer Kim Beatson has used her specialist training to help couples create Pre and Post-nuptial agreements, and those same skills can also be applied to the creation of a Living Together Agreement. Collaborative pre-nups and collaborative Living Together Agreements More and more ordinary couples – or at least, those couples where one party is not significantly richer or more famous than the other – are now drawing up pre-nup arrangements.  The content of such an agreement can...

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Do Cohabitation Agreements and Postnups make your relationship stronger?

Do Cohabitation Agreements and Postnups make your relationship stronger?

I learned more about how to have a healthy relationship with my children’s father through having to co-parent in separate households than I did when we were together.  But there are easier ways to learn those lessons. By accessing the same level of professional and holistic support and guidance that couples benefit from when they take a healthy route through divorce, those of you who are wanting to create a Postnuptial Agreement or a Cohabitation Agreement can make future provisions for...

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Cohabiting and Common Law Marriage

Cohabiting and Common Law Marriage

  The Myth of Common Law Marriage Half of the population thinks that Common Law marriage exists according to social attitude surveys which are published annually.  It is a dangerous misconception.   In this podcast interview by Alternative Divorce Guide Suzy Miller with Collaborative Lawyer Kim Beatson of Anthony Gold Solicitors, Kim explains the harsh reality of not getting married when having a family – if you are to later split up.     “There is no such thing...

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